British luxury car-maker Bentley is celebrating its centenary in style – with seven jewel encrusted anniversary books with a price tag of £200,000 each.
The 100 Carat collectors’ editions – one published for each Continent and each decorated with 100 carat of diamonds – is part of a wider limited edition run of its tomes each running to more than 800 pages, weighing 30kg, and with gate-fold pages that open out to a span of nearly a meter each – with a combined value of £4.15million.
Spent on a car, the same £200,000 price tag of one diamond edition alone would buy a brand new just launched Bentley Continental GT convertible.
Light reading: The £200,000 Bentley books each weigh in at 30kg – the heaviest book ever produced telling the story of a car brand
Weighing in at 30kg each, Bentley says their Opus volume is ‘the heaviest book ever produced telling the story of an automotive brand’.
Bentley notes: ‘The exquisite 100 Carat edition, offers the ultimate in embellishment and decoration, adorned with 100 carats of diamonds and limited to an exclusive issue of seven – one for each continent.’
The Bentley flying wing badge is set in a choice of white gold or platinum to enhance the stunning diamond border.
The diamonds and the design are ‘to reflect the rarity, collectible value and long-term investment that the book embodies,m’ says the British marque.
The books are created, printed and hand-bound by master binders in England, using leather hides from the same sources as those used in Bentley models.
The Bentley Wings badge that adorns the front cover is an official hand-crafted badge, the same as those used on every Centenary model.
Owners will be able to choose their own Bentley hide colour for the front cover of their edition.
It’s called the 100 Carat collectors’ editions. Just seven will be published – one for each continent and each decorated with 100 carat of diamonds
A full run of lesser expensive books will also be available, each with more than 800 pages that are gate-fold to open out to a span of nearly a meter each
Bentley said: ‘At almost a metre wide when opened and weighing approximately 30 kilos, the Bentley Centenary Opus is much more than a coffee table book. Indeed it is the biggest book ever produced on the story of an automotive brand.’
Between the covers the content features never-seen-before imagery, rare historical content and photography exclusive to the Bentley Opus, with special gatefold pages measuring two metres across.
In addition to the £200,000 diamond-decorated books, Bentley is publishing a Mulliner Edition version of 100 copies costing £12,500 each (totalling £1.25million) and a Centenary Edition of 500 copies costing £3,000 each (totalling £1.5million).
Between the covers the content features never-seen-before imagery, rare historical content and photography exclusive to the Bentley Opus
The special gatefold pages can extend to measure two metres across – you’ll need a big coffee table if you want one
All of the books, including the Mulliner and Centenary editions will bring the combined value of the special editions to £4.15million
The Mulliner edition includes giant 200-inch by 24-inch Polaroid Portraits to showcase 10 landmark Bentleys and a collection of 56 exclusively commissioned Bentley model watercolours individually painted on silk paper, as well as a sliver of rubber tyre from the 24-hour Le Mans-winning Bentley Speed 8 of 2003 in the clamshell presentation case.
Owners can also have photographs of their own cars included on special bespoke pages, as well as having their names gilded in gold or silver onto the cover of their edition.
Spend the same amount of money on a car and £200,000 would buy you the latest Bentley Continental GT convertible
The books are created, printed and hand-bound by master binders in England, using leather hides from the same sources as those used in Bentley models
The final chapter called ‘The Future’ is written by Bentley chairman and chief executive Adrian Hallmark
Fashion designer Ralph Lauren has written the introduction to the book covering, over nine chapters, Bentley’s founding by engineer Walter Owen W.O Bentley in 1919, through the Le Mans racing Bentley Boys victories of the 1920s, up to the present day and beyond.
The final chapter called ‘The Future’ is written by Bentley chairman and chief executive Adrian Hallmark, who said: ‘Bentley’s customers of the future will value elements such as tradition, heritage and craftsmanship and innovation.
‘But above all, I believe they will continue to enjoy the thrill of driving.’
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